Ok, it's probably been obvious to some people on the forums for a while, but I thought I should make it official: I am no longer working on or planning to work on Synching Thunder in the future.
The why is easy: you code open source software because you enjoy it and because you have time to do it. I no longer enjoy, or have time to work on this project, so it's not really fair that I keep getting peoples hopes up promising to fix things that in reality, I can't or don't have time to do. There were some more translations and fixes in the pipeline, and some of those are in CVS, but others I never got time to do.
Thanks to all who have downloaded and played with Synching Thunder, it was a nice idea, but perhaps flawed in it's design from the beginning. Adios Amigos.
p.s. If someone out there wants to take this project on, feel free to take the source code or idea and make your own product. I'd be more than happy to link to your site if you let me know.
p.p.s. Yes this means there are no updates or fixes coming...what can I say, find another product or switch to an excellent service like gmail, yahoo mail or to a mail server that uses IMAP. That way you never have to worry about synchronizing again!
Well, thanks to all those people who have been emailing me bugs - because I decided to find some time to fix two really common ones that keep coming up. If you've had problems with Synching Thunder in the past, I recommend giving this version a try :)
In other news there are some new people who will hopefully working on this product in the future, so we can hopefully turn it into a polished and functional product :)
Ok...so a combination of not being able to find a developer, and a renewed need to Synchronize mail has brought me back. I've decided to polish things up a bit before I hand this project on. So in the pipeline are: A German Translation (Synching Thunder auf Deutsch!) and hopefully an end to this error (java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space). I make no promises, but wait for 0.5 to see if things get better.
Well...It's a bittersweet day here in Synching Thunder land. As of today I'm looking for a JAVA developer to take this project to the next level. If you're interested, or know someone who is, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. You need some basic JAVA skills, and a knowledge of user interface design as well. If you're a memory management guru, or like writing file system type stuff, then that would be even better. The next place to take this project is obviously to reduce the memory usage, and if you're really keen add features like address synching, and others that have been requested on the support forums. It's almost where it needs to be a great closs-platform solution to synchronizing thunderbird mail, so now's the time to get on board and take that sweet sweet glory.
So why? Well I had a career change recently that's given me much more fulfillment at work, but much less time to program. Throw in the fact that my wife and I are expecting our first baby soon, and you can probably see that there's no time left to work on projects like these. It's been a lot of fun - and a big thanks to all those that have tested and helped make this product what it is. Unfortunately I have no time left to contribute, but hopefully we can find at least on person out there somewhere who does! So let the hunt begin!